I am that mom who goes to the library every week and leaves with a ridiculous amount of books. Currently, our favorite book is Kingdom Tales. It is short allegories with real Biblical truth. They paint a picture of a dark, sad city and rumor of a wonderful kingdom full of hope and love. In one of the stories, a broken and hopeless girl discovers the Kingdom of Light and chooses to follow that king. In the climax of the story, the king tells her, “Follow me… the real kingdom is wherever I walk and whenever anyone walks with me.” However, this is not where the story ends. When she decides to follow the king, her identity is altered. She finds that she is a vital part of a bigger picture.
In a world that is dark, distracting, and confusing, we are in need of a King! When we chose to follow Jesus, we found rest and hope in His Kingdom. We have not only become adopted into the King’s family, but we have been given a purpose.
In Acts 2, we see the first church being developed. The church had two common goals, 1) serving God and 2) telling others about Him! The first church spent much of their time together, breaking bread, worshiping, and receiving God’s Word. As Christians, we are citizens of God’s Kingdom. We are aliens in the world with a mission.
Just as a soldier has a base in the middle of the battlefield, we have a base in the body of Christ. We have the same mission as that first church in Acts. They didn't just focus on the lost but also on the needs in their own church body. Serving and loving others is not limited solely to unbelievers but to those serving alongside us as well.
Brookstone is one of those bases. We are citizens of God’s kingdom. We are here to encourage and lean on each other as we face this world together. We also have the privilege to worship, break bread, and receive God’s word together. Pray about what gifts God could use in His army for His kingdom.
From whom the whole body joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:16 ESV
Reference: Kingdom Tales - David and Karen Mains
Emily Burchfield is married to Caleb, pastor of College and Young Couples at Brookstone. She stays at home and homeschools their four children. She loves coffee, mugs, and all things turquoise and is currently being encouraged by 1 Corinthians 12:9:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
This is the fourth and final post in Shoulder to Shoulder's Identity and Purpose series. Join us February 19th at 6:30pm on our Weaverville campus for our first INSPIRE night as we encourage each other in practical ways to live out our identities in Christ.